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Eudora woman sentenced to probation for lying to obtain federal benefits

November 20, 2012

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A 58-year-old Eudora woman was sentenced to five years' probation last week in federal court for making a false statement that allowed her to receive about $61,000 in Social Security disability benefits for which she was not eligible.

Sheery Regalado was also ordered to pay back the $61,000 worth of benefits she received.

As part of the plea deal earlier this year, Regalado admitted to telling the Social Security Administration in 2007 that her husband did not live with her even though he did, which resulted in her receiving benefits she was not eligible to receive from August 2000 to July 2011. According to the plea, she also told investigators Regalado had access to a joint bank account with her husband.

Prosecutors said Social Security investigators need to know the number of residents living in a household and the income available to determine the monthly amount a recipient is eligible to receive.

Comments

Amy Heeter 1 year, 4 months ago

I hate to break it to you all, but she is still disabled and eligible for benefits. The probelm was that she did not claim her spouses income. She will still receive benefits and SA WILL deduct a portion for over payment. America!!!!

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uglyrumor 1 year, 4 months ago

Lie to the SSA and get probation, lie to the people of Kansas and they vote you Governor

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deec 1 year, 4 months ago

She didn't defraud "welfare." She defrauded Social Security. She wasn't very good at it, though. Had she been a medical provider, perhaps she'd have got away with millions.

"WASHINGTON -- A federal strike force has charged 91 people, including doctors and nurses, in seven cities with Medicare fraud schemes involving $429 million in false billings.

At a news conference, Attorney General Eric Holder says the case reveals an alarming trend of criminal attempts to steal billions of taxpayer dollars for personal gain. Holder called Thursday's action against Medicare fraud one of the largest of its kind."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/04/medicare-fraud-billing-scheme_n_1940253.html

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Deb Engstrom 1 year, 4 months ago

If they send her to prison, there's no way she'll pay any of it back -- plus be on welfare when she gets out because she won't be able to get a job. This makes more sense.

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Keith Richards 1 year, 4 months ago

It would cost us $30-50k to incarcerate her each year she was sentenced to prison. This to me sounds like a pretty good trade off.

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somedude20 1 year, 4 months ago

If you want people to stop ripping off the Govt then when stuff like this happens, throw the (heavy) book at them otherwise the reward is greater than the risk.

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Pepe 1 year, 4 months ago

Probation is not enough for this lowlife.

The restitution order is probably meaningless as I doubt this woman has two nickels to rub together, much less $61k.

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